As you may have heard, New Jersey's federal prosecutors have already handed out a lot of subpoenas as part of their dual investigations of Bridgegate and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's claim that Christie administration officials threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds from her city unless she went along with a redevelopment project favored by the New Jersey governor. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Christie's scandals have officially crossed the Hudson to New York: The office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has subpoenaed records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey "related to the business interests" of chairman David Samson.
Last Wednesday, 11-year-old Kareem Granton disappeared from his family's Brownsville apartment building, triggering a community search effort and some local media coverage. Though Kareem was said to have a history of running away, he had never been gone for so long, and his mother, Precious Granton, was understandably very concerned. "It’s my very worst nightmare. You couldn’t have a nightmare worse than this," she told reporters. Luckily, the situation ended happily on Monday: A woman recognized Kareem on the 4 train at Union Square during her morning commute and alerted a police officer on the platform, though she left before anyone could get her name, the New York Daily News reports.
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left her position at CBS today, she announced on Twitter, over what Politico reports was growing frustration "with what she saw as the network's liberal bias." Although Attkisson insisted the split was "amicable," she's been hit repeatedly in recent months for what some co-workers called "agenda-driven" reporting on the Obama administration, including, of course, the Affordable Care Act and Benghazi. (Less politically, her anti-vaccine reporting is also iffy.) Attkisson just happens to have a book coming out this year tentatively called Stonewalled: One Reporter's Fight for Truth in Obama's Washington.
For almost as long as women’s liberation has existed, the men’s rights countermovement has been one step behind, arguing that rape allegations, bottle service, and family courts, among other things, are actually sexist against men. There is some truth to a few these claims, according men’s rights scholar and feminist sociologist Michael Kimmel, but it is largely undermined by the movement’s tenor of “aggrieved entitlement.” In recent years, for example, the Southern Poverty Law Center identified some of its fringe sites as hate groups for their violent harassment of feminist bloggers, and “MRA” has become the derogatory shorthand for an oblivious, dateless, and bitter type who hangs out on Reddit.
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There sure is a lot going on in the world of new journalism ventures lately! Over the weekend, former Washington Poster Ezra Klein's new Vox Media effort — known until recently as "Project X" — was re-introduced to the internet as Vox.com, a place where people will learn to love the news's "vegetables." Meanwhile, Nate Silver, formerly of the New York Times, announced that his data-driven website, FiveThirtyEight, will go live next week. And today, ESPN, which owns FiveThirtyEight, told Capital New York that it will "combine resources" from Silver's operation with those of their sports and entertainment website, Grantland, and ESPN Films to create a new unit: Exit 31, which will in turn launch FiveThirtyEight films, a division that will produce "short-form and long-form films 'using data analytics as a part of its ethos,' and a video podcast network from Grantland."
This weekend, tattoo artists and enthusiasts from around the world convened at the Roseland Ballroom for the 17th annual New York City Tattoo Convention. Body-art aficionados showed off colorful sleeves and inked-up torsos to compete for Best Tattoo in a variety of categories, including Best Tattoo of the day (awarded to a tattoo done at the convention), Best American Old School, and Best Portrait, as well as the title of Miss Inked Up 2014. Click through our slideshow to see portraits of this year’s contenders, shot by Dina Litovsky.
Robbing the world of a sassy Justice Scalia decision built around the word boobies, the Supreme Court has declined to hear a case about breast-cancer awareness bracelets. Free speech, however, prevails, as the decision allows a previous Court of Appeals ruling in favor of two teenage girls to stand. Last year, a Pennsylvania school district was blocked from banning the bracelets because they are "not plainly lewd and because they comment on a social issue." Students Brianna Hawk and Kayla Martinez, middle-schoolers at the time, were originally suspended and barred from a school dance for rocking the Keep A Breast Foundation merchandise. Turns out they were the mature ones all along.
Pierre Omidyar, the eBay billionaire turned independent media patron, has snagged his next investigative journalist for the budding First Look Media project, in the form of Gawker editor John Cook, reports Recode. After more than a year in charge at Gawker, Cook will join Glenn Greenwald, whose national security site The Intercept is the First Look flagship, and Matt Taibbi, whose forthcoming property will focus on corporate malfeasance.
(Update: Politico reports that Cook will be the editor-in-chief of The Intercept.)
Gawker deputy editor Max Read is next in line at Nick Denton's site. "He'll be amazing!" Cook assures Daily Intelligencer.
This morning, Edward Snowden appeared before the SXSW Interactive tech conference via a long-distance video call from his Russian exile. The room containing Snowden’s talk wasn’t entirely full – partly because there was a Lena Dunham panel going on simultaneously down the hall – but it still brimmed with energy as Snowden prepared to make some of his first remarks to a U.S. audience, in a talk that one member of Congress tried to convince SXSW to cancel.